Grammy Award-winning power-pop singer-songwriter and actor Rick Springfield is best known for his decade-long run at the top of the charts in the 1980s, beginning with his signature breakthrough song “Jessie’s Girl” and album Working Class Dog. Yet Rick Springfield’s history actually stretches back to the late 1960s in Australia. He first achieved success as lead guitarist in Zoot, who reached the Top 10 with a Springfield-rearranged hard rock cover of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” before plugging away as a solo artist in America over the next decade. After focusing on acting throughout most of the ’90s, Rick Springfield aggressively relaunched his musical career with a series of acclaimed albums and unforgettable live shows, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Did you know?
- Rick Springfield had a Top 20 hit with “Speak to the Sky” in 1972, nearly a decade before breaking through with “Jessie’s Girl”
- As an actor, Springfield appeared on General Hospital, Californication, Supernatural, American Horror Story, and had his own animated cartoon series, Mission: Magic!
- Springfield was backed by Elton John band members Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson on his album Wait for Night